The Jaguar Owners Club, The San Diego Jaguar Club, and The Austin Healey Club all joined in on another one of Mark Mayuga’s infamous Time, Distance, Speed Rallies. This “ORANGE HILLS” Rally/Tour was routed through some of the lesser-known back roads of North Orange County. Participants had the option to either do the TDS component or just enjoy the roads, weather, and the scenery. The event started at MIMI’s CAFÉ in Tustin, some members opted for a breakfast first, others just gathered in the parking lot to show-off their cars, check the oil and gas, or just catch-up with old friends. In either case we had 46 cars signed up and there was a definite mix of models. Everything from XK-150, MK VIII, E-TYPES S1-3, XK8’s, XK, F-Types, XF’s, I-PACE, XJS’s, XJ6, ALVIS SPEED 6, and various AUSTIN HEALEY’s roadsters. The weather was perfect at 70 degrees, gentle breeze, and everyone was in a great humor.
Looking at the pictures, you can see folks were wearing their masks, but under those masks were smiles just to be out and enjoying each other’s company and driving their favorite Jaguar!!! Because we had so many cars, Mark decided to space out the group in 5 car segments, at each stop light. The instructions were written in TDS format with SELF CHECK POINTS along the way. Also, Mark managed to write into the instructions some historic trivia questions which overed the history and industry of the ORANGE COUNTY communities. In fact, 29 teams managed to run the TDS segment of the Rally/Tour and the results were quite close.
The actual mileage was 51 miles, the total time was 100 minutes, the average speed was 30.60 MPH, three teams scored at least in one of each category, no team scored in all three categories which is the goal in a TDS Rally. George Renshaw scored first with 50.5 miles, Don Becker scored first in time with 101 minutes total, and Bob Baumhefner scored first with a 31 MPH Average speed. All these scores were close, but no single team scored all three categories, just to show you how difficult it can be, BUT everyone had a great time and enjoyed the drive, the camaraderie, and the picnic park.
There were several folks who went to the “HAT” Restaurant and walked away with pastrami sandwiches, chili dogs and chili fries. Mark brought along some TUM’s, but no one asked so it must have been ok. The prizes for the best category were a bag of “CUTIES”, local grown Mandarin Oranges that are seedless and tasty, easy to peel, and unique to the SoCal area. MOSS MOTORS also supplied gifts for the furthest driven, oldest car, and most mistakes!
All in all, everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next drive on May 15th to the March Air Force Base March Field Museum featuring U.S. Air Force history and airplanes from WW2 to present. Come join us again as we Rally/Tour to the Museum and then have lunch in Downtown Riverside.
Cheers, Mark Mayuga